We transform the lives of families in need

With your help, our award-winning programs have been reducing homelessness and enabling self-sufficiency among working-class families, senior citizens and residents with disabilities.



83% of households we help are families with children


We provide stable housing and other services for more than 1,000 working-class families each year


11% of Virginia families live in poverty

We help working households as well as individuals with fixed incomes to obtain housing that is affordable, by providing individualized case management that will help them address structural barriers to long-term housing like poor credit histories, itinerant rental histories, little or no savings, and low incomes.

Are you in need of housing?

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GSH provides grants up to $350 per family in the period of a year to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, or help with first months rents and security deposits. Grant applicants are carefully evaluated for factors that lead to long-term housing stability, helping us keep households at risk of homelessness from losing their home. Eligible clients must live within the following zip codes: 22303, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22315, 22060, and 22079.

Are you in need of emergency financial assistance?

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Fired Up To Help Raises Needed Funds for Affordable Housing

On March 11, 2017, Fired Up To Help held a barbecue at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton to support Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH), a local non-profit affordable housing provider.  The proceeds will help GSH with its mission of reducing...

‘Truly Helping Our Neighbors’ in Mount Vernon

By Tim Peterson Over the next 10 years, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services would like to add 150 units to the number it offers to clients struggling to find affordable housing in Fairfax County. That goal triples the Mount Vernon-based nonprofit’s current rate...


  • Jun 8Do More 24
    Do More 24™ is a local movement that brings together nonprofit organizations, companies, and people committed to making a difference. Through focused online giving on June 8, 2017, Do More […]
  • Jun 8Friends of GSH Tour
  • Jul 15Virginia Grapes and Hops at Cedar Knoll
      Join GSH for a Virginia wine and beer tasting with hors d’oeuvres on July 15, 2017 from 4pm—7pm at historic Cedar Knoll in Alexandria. Situated on property once owned by […]

See what some of the families are saying about how GSH was able to help them…

  • “Thank you so much for helping my family to not have our electricity cut off while we are trying to muddle through these tough times. It is hard to ask for help when you’re used to be self sufficient!”


“We are very grateful for your program. Life has turned for the better for us. After nine months, my husband is now employed again.”


“With the help of GSH, I have been able to improve my life with self-sufficiency, which has placed me in a better position to purchase my first home! GSH is a great program for someone who is in need of a new beginning in their lives and is working towards making some positive changes.”


“We are incredibly grateful to you for your help in helping us prevent our water from being shut off in late summer. God bless.”

- LS